The Energy Cooperative - Solar Energy Buy-Back Program (Pennsylvania)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Pennsylvania

Name The Energy Cooperative - Solar Energy Buy-Back Program
Incentive Type Performance-Based Incentive
Applicable Sector Commercial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount 10 or 28 ¢/kWh

Terms 2-year contract; 1 kW to 5 kW systems are eligible
Program Administrator The Energy Cooperative

References DSIRE[1]


Through the Solar Energy Buy-Back Program, the Energy Cooperative (ECAP) offers a production incentive to members who generate power from a 1 kW to a 5 kW photovoltaic system. To participate, members choose between one of two pricing and payment options.

  • Option 1: Participants agree to purchase 100% renewable electricity through ECAP, at current cost (14.89 cents/kWh as of February 2006). ECAP agrees to buy participant’s gross solar generation at a rate of 28 cents/kWh and charges back 14.89 cents/kWh for each kWh of electricity used.
  • Option 2: Participants purchase electricity from PECO. (PECO’s “Price to Compare” for a Rate R customer for 2006 is 6.7 cents/kWh.) ECAP agrees to buy participant’s gross solar generation at a rate of 10 cents/kWh, net, not charging anything back for participant usage.

Participants must be a member of The Energy Cooperative, requiring a $5 annual membership fee. PV systems must meet specifications developed by the Sustainable Development Fund's (SDF) solar grant program, which provides grants of up to $25,000 for new PV systems. Members must also install separate metering capability that measures the output of the photovoltaic system. As part of the SDF's installation guidelines, the installer will predict the annual output of the customer’s system. ECAP uses this information or actual meter readings to determine how much solar power the customer will generate every month and sends a monthly check based on the estimate or actual meter readings. Contact program staff or see program website for details.

Output from member-systems goes toward ECAP’s Green-e certified product, "EcoChoice100SM", containing 89% biomass, 10% wind and 1% solar. In 2004 ECAP purchased 72,051 kWh of solar power and in 2005 increased the purchase to 109,357 kWh. ECAP is currently purchasing power from 35 member-owned systems.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Staff - ECAP
Department The Energy Cooperative
Address 1218 Chestnut Street
Address 2 Suite 1003
Place Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Zip/Postal Code 19107
Phone (215) 413-2122


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"